Elora Gorge Conservation Area
Elora Gorge Park
Limestone cliffs on both side of the Gorge plummet 22 metres (70 feet) into the Grand River below. The waterfall at the Tooth Of Time can be seen from the Elora Mill Country Inn & Restaurant; it is a spectacular view of natural power. The Conservation Area also includes a cascade waterfall, "Hole in the Rock", and numerous small caves.
No wonder that the Elora Gorge attracts over a quarter of a million visitors a year!
Contact Elora Gorge: website or (519) 846-9742
Popular activities in the Elora Gorge Conservation area include swimming, kayaking, hiking, tubing, fly fishing in "catch-and-release areas", and picnicking!
A company called Grand River Troutfitters in Fergus advertises that you can "learn to fly fish while camping".
Balloon rides start from the nearby Bissell Park, and provide visitors a unique view of the Gorge from way up in the air.
Many local visitor's guides have trails in them, taking you from the historic Hole In The Wall (an opening in the limestone walls, where stairs lead down to the Grand River) to Lover's Leap, where an aboriginal princess is said to have jumped to her death when she found out that her beloved had been killed in battle. If you don't care for the story you can still enjoy the spectacular Gorge overlook.
The whole Fergus/Elora area shows spectacular rock walls alongside the Grand River.
Old Swimming Hole - Elora Quarry
But swimming in the Elora Quarry, where the rock walls are 12 metres (40 feet) high, is a popular attraction. Come and visit the "old swimming hole". The Quarry is located on the eastern edge of the Village of Elora, on County Road 18 ("Lest we forget"), which is also known as the Fergus-Elora Road (for obvious reasons).
B & B's and Camp Grounds
The area has many excellent accommodations, from Bed & Breakfasts (B & B's) to camp grounds. Visitors who wish to use the Elora Gorge camping are advised to reserve a camp site in advance to avoid disappointment.
Elora Information Centre
Pick up the Elora Gorge Conservation Area brochure and other regional information at the Elora Information Centre on Geddes Street. The Fergus/Elora area is A World Away and offers a Grand Experience within driving distance of major urban centres such as Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph and the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). Please read on for more information on attractions and events in Fergus and surrounding areas.
More tourism related organizations and businesses in Centre Wellington (Fergus, Elora, Belwood, Salem) can be found in our business directory ("tourism" section). We can also recommend our local Calendar of Events or an overview of events in our surrounding area.